McDonnell Douglas has received six letters of interest from airlines indicating possible orders for more than 40 of its proposed new 300-seater airline, the MD-XX.

MDC president and chief executive officer Harry Stonecipher says he cannot reveal how many potential orders would be required to launch the MD-XX officially, but at a recent conference held by the company for airline customers, expectations for the aircraft were high.

As planned, the company hopes to be able to offer the aircraft from the fourth quarter of this year, with formal launch during early 1997. Two versions would be made available - long range and stretch - to provide 20% extra range and 25% increased capacity respectively over the 300-seat MD-11.






Source: Flight Daily News